Addressing gender norms and inequities is essential to reducing HIV risk and increasing access to services for everyone. Gender-related disparities are the result of biological, structural, and cultural factors. Stigma and discrimination can also impede access to HIV services and hamper efforts to effectively control the epidemic. This new fact sheet describes the newly updated PEPFAR gender strategy, describes PEPFAR’s central gender initiatives, and highlights key results from PEPFAR activities to address gender and HIV/AIDS. Fact Sheet: Addressing Gender and HIV/AIDS» PEPFAR Gender Strategy»
Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Jan. 9): "Since 2004, PEPFAR has invested more than $4.2 billion in South Africa's HIV and TB response, helping to support an unprecedented expansion of prevention, treatment, and care services. Initially, to help stem the rising tides of these dual epidemics, PEPFAR directly supported a substantial share of clinical care and treatment services in South Africa. In recent years, as the South African economy has grown and through committed political leadership, the South Africa government (SAG) has assumed greater managerial and financial responsibility for these functions -- investing nearly $1.5 billion annually of its own resources for HIV/AIDS efforts." Full Text»
Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah von Zinkernagel (Dec. 6): "Nelson Mandela will be remembered for many things. His extraordinary courage, profound passion, and gentle, but strong voice are just a few of the qualities that we will forever treasure and truly miss as this giant of a man leaves our world behind. In the fight against HIV/AIDS, we have lost a truly inspirational leader." Full Text»
Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Jan. 14): "It's no secret that maternal health and HIV are closely linked: In fact, mothers living with HIV are eight times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than other pregnant women. And, in sub-Saharan Africa, the link is even clearer: A newly published study in the Lancet estimates that a quarter of all deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa are due to HIV. That's one reason why I am so encouraged by new results from an innovative public-private partnership in which the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) plays a critical role in Uganda and Zambia. In one year alone, this partnership helped to cut maternal deaths due to childbirth in areas of these two countries by 30-35 percent -- a truly remarkable achievement." Full Text»
Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Dec. 12): "Last week, people around the world gathered to recognize World AIDS Day, honor those whose lives have been lost to this tragic disease, reflect on the tremendous strides being made, and recommit to achieving an AIDS-free generation. As I arrived in South Africa to help open the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), we also noted the passing of a great leader and champion, Nelson Mandela, whose personal leadership and outspoken courage helped to break the silence surrounding HIV/AIDS, and brought hope and inspiration to millions of people living with the disease." Full Text»
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